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Motorcycle ride honors slain Knightdale teen

Posted March 19, 2011 7:19 p.m. EDT
Updated March 19, 2011 7:33 p.m. EDT

— A charity motorcycle ride Saturday honored the memory of an 18-year-old Knightdale man who was shot to death a year ago.

The local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, a Cincinnati-based support group for families of murder victims, rode from Sheetz gas station in Durham to the intersection of Skycrest Drive and Southall Road in Raleigh, where Nigel J. Ellison, 18, and Kalife I. Johnson, 19, were shot March 21, 2010.

Ellison was later pronounced dead at WakeMed Hospital. He was a student at Knightdale High School.

Ellison's mother, Rachel Ellison, said the motorcycle ride warmed her heart.

"It helps me in my healing when I see my friends and family come out to support this. It really is close to my heart," she said.

Wake County sheriff's deputies charged Rajal Amed Wisdom Sr., his son, Rajal Amed Wisdom Jr., and his daughter, Mariah Wisdom, with first-degree murder in the case.